Amazing Heritage Trails from around the World.

Crescent moon at sunset, reflected in that puddle alongside the inlet stream. New Britain Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 4, 2019, 6:42 PM.

The quiet time in the forest between winter and spring. Warm(ish) sunshine and not much to block it, no bugs yet. Not many hikers. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. March 6, 2023, 4:07 PM.

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Mt Moosilauke, White Mountains New Hampshire
5 7.4-7.9 miles Medium difficulty

Hiawatha Trail in Mullan, Idaho

Cross the Continental Divide through an old railroad tunnel, and ride back to the top on a shuttle.

Create your own Heritage Trail

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May 17, 1983: I finally made my way back to the shelter no rides, so it was another 3-mile walk in Fontana. You would not think this would bother me, with all the walking I am already doing on this trip, but my legs and the bloody stumps I use for feet have only so many miles in them on any given day, and I hoard these like a miser.

For more information about these trails, visit https://raresites. org/trails/ The seasonal trails will reopen in March, pending safety checks.

Rising sun greets a beautiful spring day at Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. April 6, 2021, 7:29 AM

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July 12, 1983: Not far past the shelter, the Appalachian Trail left the canal path, crossed the B&0 Railroad tracks, passed under US 340, and began the ascent of South Mountain. That is the long ridge I will be following throughout Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania. The climb was not all that bad.

Evening tranquility, New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. October 22, 2017, 5:36 PM.

Boundary Line Between Alameda and Contra Costa - Daily Alta California, Volume 29, Number 10060, 24 October 1877

Castro's Party.

The surveying party under Luis Castro are in the field and are encountering some of the roughest work they will have to meet on the entire line between this county and Contra Costa county. They commenced at the bay shore line near San Pablo, and have progressed as far as Redwood Peak, which is distant some ten miles from this city, in northeasterly direction, and near where Prince and Brown had lumber mills when those redwoods were in their prime. The party will see some rough work yet. The boundary line crosses some fearfully wild canyons, and traverses the section of country known as the "Rocky Ridge." They will be some three or four weeks in completing the survey.

Jose Luis del Refugio Castro was the grandson of Luis Maria Peralta...

A lingering flash of autumn. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 4:41 PM.

Autumn storm blowing in, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 13, 2020, 5:28 PM.

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June 28, 1983: The hike began with a long ascent along a spur ridge to the main ridge crest at the top of a peak called Little Rocky Row. At first, the AT climbed through lush, green forests in various stages of growth. Stately old trees like those surrounding the shelter hung on for a while, gradually dwindling into forests of intermediate age.

The Ft. Bayard recreation area is a great place to go running. It's got miles of trails through beautiful country. And, unlike a lot of places around here, the trails are mostly non-technical. It makes for a good place to just get out and go.

The sky is crying (h/t Elmore James). Summer is gone and autumn is fleeting. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 13, 2020, 5:20 PM.

"Stupid is, as stupid does." Forest Gump

Google Maps charts "fake trails" Really Why

I've used Google Maps to chart trails & they've all seemed to be reliable but I also use MapMyHike which I use for elevation/distance too. So, I've got a fallback but it amazes me how people will use Google Maps & follow routes (whether real or not) indiscriminately w/o regard for common sense & their own safety.

Reminds me of the story or the tech guy who was traveling w/his family east to west from Ukiah over the coastal mts on a backroad (that few local's even use), who followed the Google Maps recommended route despite the fact that it began to snow & the road became extremely difficult to negotiate in the family car w/o snow tires that he was traveling in, who then was stopped by the snow & then burned his tires to stay warm and then tried to walk out cross country (not by following the road back) who died in the process but fortunately his wife & child survived.

November sunshine, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 2:46 PM.

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May 3, 1983: Temperatures dropped considerably last night when the wind kicked up and stayed down today. Rather late on a cool, damp morning, I set out from Frosty Mountain, having smoked my last two cigarettes with breakfast.

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July 1, 1983: It rained throughout the night upon the massive trees and lush ferns surrounding Maupin Field Shelter. The air hung still and leaden, cloaking the old forest in a shroud of dense fog and mystery. Something primeval in the atmosphere seemed conducive to my mind once again wandering strange pathways.

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Mount Wachusett, Princeton MA
4 1.3-3.9 miles Medium difficulty

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Beautiful and a great in region. is a great well signed trail system.

Another sunset on the trail, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 4:29 PM.

Played trails after. Such a cute game. Bought it for the artwork but actually really enjoy it, too. I guess because you get to collect things!

has basically taken over my gaming life. I play on both and and am almost at the 500 hour mark. Great game though

Oddly it isnt my game of the year though. Any other year it would be but 2023 is the year came westward at last and I am a massive fan so it was always destined to be my

And of course next year were getting do I suspect nothing else will have a chance in 2024 either

Climbing the ravine, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 2:06 PM.

Hazy, summerlike November afternoon atop the Giant's Chest. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 7, 2023, 2:39 PM

Cobblestone Footpath in Culross, Scotland

This segregated walkway was meant to keep the riffraff in the gutter.

Budding trees at sunset, a reminder that spring will come again. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. May 13, 2020, 7:34 PM.

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June 19, 1983: Several drenching thundershowers struck around noon but did absolutely nothing to alleviate the oppressiveness of the day. In fact, they made matters worse. When the sun returned, there was plenty of new moisture to be drawn back up into the air. All the underbrush growing over the trail was dripping wet.

Got back out on the trails today after a month long break.

This time of year, with clouds and a low horizon Sun, is uniquely picturesque

Balmy autumn evening at the reservoir. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. October 13, 2019, 5:39 PM.

Talk about recycling! A story about local governments and nonprofit/tribal partners working together in a very smart and creative way to advance a bold trail network.

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As always, our Maple Lane, Grand Allee, Deer Run, Springbank and Newman remain open to the public from sunrise to sunset year-round. This frosty and foggy view of the Osprey trail was taken October 2016. The photographer is unknown.

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May 10, 1983: More than 5500 feet in height, Standing Indian is by far the highest summit yet for a northbound Appalachian Trail hiker. There would be no higher summits ahead until the Great Smoky Mountains. Decades later, you could still see the traces on the grassy summit of the old fire tower that was removed in the 1950s.

Secluded sunset. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. July 21, 2020, 8:16 PM.

Tranquil sunset. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. July 18, 2018, 8:16 PM.

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September 1, 1983: I flipped through the register, finding comment after comment about the magnificent view from the fabled Smarts Mountain privy. I shrugged my shoulders and sauntered up to check out the outhouse.






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